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Card, Charles Ora, 1839-1906



  • Existence: 1839 - 1906

Biographical History

Charles Ora Card (1839-1906) was a settler and prominent church leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logan, Utah and southern Alberta, Canada.

Charles Ora Card was born on November 5, 1839 to Cyrus William Card and Sarah Ann Tuttle. The Card family became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1843. Charles was baptized by his uncle on April 12, 1856. He crossed the plains as part of a handcart company, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1856. Charles became a member of 56th quorum of the Seventy in Farmington, Utah before his family moved to Logan, Utah in March 1860. While in Logan, he was involved in education, the building of the Logan Tabernacle and the Logan Temple, and became the president of the Cache Stake.

Early in 1887, Charles was asked by John Taylor to relocate and settle southern Alberta, Canada with a group of settlers, though some of his wives and children did not accompany him. He established the town of Cardston, Alberta. He presided over the Canadian Mission and was president of the Alberta Stake for about twelve years, beginning in 1890. He was released as stake president and became a patriarch in September 1902.

Charles Ora Card returned to Logan in December 1903 and died there on September 9, 1906.

LDS Biog. Encyc., 1901: p.296 (b. Nov. 5, 1839; family recieved gospel 1843; Alberta Stake Pres.) p.297 (baptized 1856; handcart co.; member of the seventy; moved to Logan 1860; helped with Tabernacle and Temple; Chache Stake Pres.) p.298 (Alberta Canada 1887; Cardson).

Charles Ora Card, Pioneer and colonizer, 1961: p.6 (b. to Cyrus and Sarah Card) p.26 (education) p.144 (Canadian Mission 1890) p.147 (Alberta Stake Pres; patriarch) p. 150 (wives in different places) p.154 (carried to Logan 1903) p.155 (d. Sep 9, 1906).

Journal of history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spring 1997: page 116 (Charles Ora Card, president of the Cache Stake; sawmill owner; farmer; city councilman; justice of the peace; polygamist) page 117 (Charles O. Card) page 123 (moved to Cardston on June 3, 1887) page 127 (Aug. 1903, moved back to Logan, Utah; d. Sept. 9, 1906 in Logan)

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Zina Young Card Brown family papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197223107134]
Identifier: MSS 2232
Abstract Contains papers relating to Zina Card Brown and her ancestors, including her parents; her grandmother, Zina D. H. Young; and her great-grandfather, William Huntington. Includes a notebook kept by Zina Card (Brown) for a sewing class at Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah; correspondence; a Daughters of Utah Pioneers notebook belonging to Zina Y. Card, 1912-1914; a list of Brigham Young's daughters and granddaughters, 1947; a postcard image of the C. O. Card home in Cardston, Alberta; and...
Dates: 1835-1968

Charles Ora Card diaries

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230326347]
Identifier: MSS SC 2765
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten diaries. The diaries are excerpts of a much larger work and were kept from 1871 to 1872 and for 1883. Card writes about travelling in the East United States on a "winter mission." Card also writes about the construction of the Logan Temple of the Mormon Church in 1883.

Dates: 1871-1883

Charles Ora Card diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6024

Compilation of the diaries and journals of Charles Ora Card.

Dates: 1871-1885

Charles Ora Card letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317544]
Identifier: MSS SC 1865
Scope and Contents

Fourteen letters, one death certificate, newspaper clippings, genealogy forms, and miscellaneous items. All of the documents deal with the temporal and spiritual affairs of Charles Ora Card and his wife Sarah.

Dates: 1871-1923

Charles Ora Card papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1543
Scope and Contents Contains materials pertaining to the life and work of Charles Ora Card, and includes personal journals, letters, and office journals ranging from 1871 to 1903. They cover Card's responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both in Logan, Utah and Southern Canada as well as construction of various canals, roads, and buildings. They also discuss his relationships in polygamy, the colonization of Alberta, Canada by Mormon pioneers including association with the Canadian...
Dates: 1871-1906

Card family genealogical materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1787
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of genealogical records, including Charles O. Card's patriarchal blessing, land deeds, letters to his family, and miscellaneous items. Also included are letters to him from Mormon Church President John Taylor about Charles' work as superintendent of the construction of the Logan Tabernacle and Temple (1873-1884) and about a petition he wanted him to print (1886).

Dates: 1844-1945

Zina Presendia Young Williams Card papers

Identifier: MSS 1421

Correspondence, autobiographical and biographical materials, patriarchal blessings, legal documents, news articles, and miscellaneous items. The materials document the life and career of Card including her affiliation with Brigham Young Academy, the Mormon Church, and various civic organizations. The items also relate to the towns of Cardston, Alberta; Logan, Utah; and Provo, Utah. Also included is correspondence with various Mormon Church leaders and that of her husband, Charles O. Card.

Dates: 1881-1930

Charles Ora Card correspondence, 1884-1906

Identifier: MSS 1543 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence in the form of letters predominately written to Zina Presendia Young Williams Card by Charles Ora Card and Oliver Boardman Huntington. The dates on the letters range from 1884 to 1906 and the locations from which the letters were sent include Cardston, Canada; Logan, Utah; and Springville, Utah. Includes topics of family, business enterprises, and work within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 1884-1906

Charles Ora Card diaries, 1871-1903

Identifier: MSS 1543 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains diaries written from 1871-1903 covering the personal life of Charles Ora Card, as well as diaries describing his work as a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They cover the time he spent in both Logan Utah and Alberta Canada.

Dates: 1871-1903

Charles Ora Card diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS1543_S1_B4_F1
Dates: 1895-1896

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Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- Logan -- History 8
Latter Day Saints -- Alberta -- Cardston -- History 7
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Church Government 6
Church officers -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Correspondence 5
Logan (Utah) -- History 4
Cardston (Alta.) -- History 3
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 3
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Cardston (Alta.) 2
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Latter Day Saint churches -- History 2
Latter Day Saint women -- Utah 2
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Cardston (Alta.) -- Genealogies 1
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